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State of North Carolina Monument

The North Carolina monument is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. (39.818351° N, 77.24722° W; map) It was dedicated on July 3, 1929.

 

North Carolina is also represented by monuments to the 26th and 43rd North Carolina Infantry Regiments.

 

 

The statue represents a wounded officer pointing the way forward to the enemy while a veteran and younger comrade lead a color bearer in the charge. The statue was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum of Mt. Rushmore fame, using photographs of Confederate veterans as models. Orren Smith of North Carolina, the model for the color bearer, was the designer of the Confederate national flag.

 

Nearby is a stone monument (below right) containing an inscription and a list of the North Carolina units of the Army of Northern Virginia:

 

1863
North Carolina
To the eternal glory of the North Carolina
soldiers. Who on this battlefield displayed
heroism unsurpassed sacrificing all in sup-
port of their cause. Their valorous deeds
will be enshrined in the hearts of men long
after these transient memorials have crum-
bled into dust.

Thirty two North Carolina regiments were in
action at Gettysburg July 1,2,3, 1863. One Con-
federate soldier in every four who fell here
was a North Carolinian.

 

This tablet erected by the North Carolina Division United Daughters of the Confederacy.

 

North Carolina provided 14,147 men to the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg, the second largest state contingent (after Virginia). It lost over 6,000 casualties, more than 40%. It was the largest numbr of casualties of any Confederate state and, as the monument states, over one fourth of all Confederate casualties in the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

State of North Carolina monument at Gettsburg
(above) State of North Carolina monument - enlarge enlarge
State of North Carolina marker at Gettysburg

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